Have you been treated unfairly at work because of your age? Sex? Race? Both federal and California law clearly prohibit your employer from discriminating against you (such as by dismissing you or demoting you) for a number of reasons, including your race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and age. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) goes even further and makes it against the law for your employer to dismiss/discharge you based on your:
- sexual orientation,
- physical or mental disability,
- medical condition,
- national origin,
- marital status,
- pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions,
- religious creed, or
If you believe you were dismissed from your job because of any of the protected categories listed above, you need to contact an experienced employment attorney to discuss your legal rights.
Unlawful Dismissal Due to Sex or Gender
Again, it is unlawful for an employer to dismiss an employee from employment because of the employee’s sex or gender. A common way employers discriminate against an employee because of their gender is by gender stereotyping. In other words, an employer might have discriminated against you by saying that you failed to act like a typical man or woman. With gender boundaries being broken on a daily basis, it is unfair and illegal for your employer to dismiss you or fire you because you don’t conform to his or her stereotypes.
Unlawful Dismissal Due to Age
Another way Orange County employers often discriminate against their employee’s is because of the employee’s age. If you are over 40 years old, you need to know that California law and the experienced employment attorneys at Hardin & Associates are on your side. Do not let an employer terminate you or dismiss you because you are “too old” for the position.
Unlawful Dismissal Due to Pregnancy
Have you been discriminated against because you were pregnant? Some employers are not as happy about your coming bundle of joy as you are and show their displeasure by taking unlawful action, such as by dismissing you from your position. Pregnant women in the California workplace enjoy certain rights, do not allow your employer to take these rights from you.
If your employer has dismissed you for any unlawful reason, contact the Orange County employment attorneys at Hardin & Associates today to discuss next steps.